Mysterious giant bats larger than the size of humans are the things that you talk about at night to scare your friends. But are these creatures real? All around the world in different countries and different cultures, there are accounts of giant bats. And as you start to learn about the legends, it becomes evident that many of the descriptions are oddly the same – huge winged creatures that partially resemble humans!
Is it a coincidence that there are these legends that are oddly the same or is there really some creature out there that scientist have not yet identified? Can people all throughout time be making the same things up and putting them into legends? Or do the fact that these sightings are so widespread lend some credence to their existence? Are they merely the stuff of legends or are they real?
Giant Bat People Legends around the world
Here are a few of the legends…
- Ahool of Indonesia – In the rainforests of the Indonesian Island of Java, there is a mythical giant bat known as the Ahool. The Ahool was first sighted in 1925, and is reported to be covered in gray fur, have claws on its forearms, and it is said to have the face of an ape. It’s also said that it has a wingspan of TEN FEET! While Island legends claim that the creature really exists, those who speculate on its existence claim that perhaps the ahool sightings are actually owl sightings.
- Death Bat of Mexico – In the ancient Mayan legends of Mexico, there was a belief in a creature called the Camazotz – or death bat – which was mentioned in the Mayan’s sacred book the Popol Vuh.
- Giant Human Bat of Brazil – In Brazil there have been legends of winged humans.
- The Phillipines & Vietnam also have legends of winged humans.
- “Death Birds” of Ethiopia – These are said to be bats that like human blood! It is said they live in Devil’s Cave.
Confirmed Largest Bat in the World
Could any of those legends of giant bats or giant bat people be true? The fact is that these legends are actually not that far off from a creature that actually does exist – the largest known bat that has been acknowledged by scientists will make your hair stand on end. It is a fruit bat commonly known as the flying fox, a native of Tanzania that has a wing span of five feet! That’s the size of a teenager!